Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System
VA Breaks Ground on Tulsa Health Care Center
The Ernest Childers VA Health Care Center will be 170,000-square-feet and is expected to be completed in June 2021
Ground was officially broken on the new Ernest Childers VA Health Care Center on April 5 when VA leadership, congressional and tribal leaders, city officials, and Veterans came together to celebrate the new facility at the corner of 91st and Mingo in south Tulsa. Construction is expected to be complete in June 2021.
In October 2018, the Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System awarded a contract to SASD Development Group, LLC. to build a new 170,000-square-foot health care center in Tulsa. Once it opens, the facility will replace the Ernest Childers VA Outpatient Clinic, Tulsa VA Dental Clinic, Tulsa VA Behavioral Medicine Clinic, and will consolidate all VA outpatient services in Tulsa.
“This is truly a great day for Veterans in Eastern Oklahoma,” said Mark E. Morgan, director of the Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System, during a groundbreaking ceremony. “Not only will this world-class facility allow VA to consolidate outpatient services, but also gives us the needed space to expand our services in the future.”
Army Brown, deputy mayor for the City of Tulsa, thanked VA for investing new resources in Tulsa.
“It is a true honor to know that our area Veterans will receive the highest level of care and expanded services at this premier location,” said Brown. “We sincerely appreciate the VA investment in this much needed and long-awaited center. On behalf of mayor G.T. Bynum and myself, I offer best wishes for the future and that the ground we break today becomes a place where our Veterans receive healing, hope and community.”
The two-story facility will sit on 22 acres and include 945 parking spaces. Services will include Audiology, Behavioral Health, Dental, Endoscopy, Instrument Sterilization, Processing, and Distribution Center, Laboratory, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Primary Care, Prosthetic and Sensory Aids, Rehabilitation and Recovery Center, Radiology, Specialty Care Clinic and Women’s Clinic.
The facility will also include patient registration, offices for Veteran Service Organizations, a Veterans Canteen Service retail store and food court, VA Police operations suite, Warehouse & Storage, and five conference and educational rooms.
“This health care center will offer new access to greater services unique to our Veteran’s needs, all under one roof,” said Jersenia Torres, chief planning officer for VISN 19 Rocky Mountain District, during the ceremony. “It also promises greater patient satisfaction and improvements in our Veteran’s experience. VA is committed to the best possible customer service and to the highest quality health care, so we can ensure our Veterans access care closer to their homes and that they continue to choose VA over their lifetime.”
EOVAHCS will continue to provide inpatient health care and Emergency Department services at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Muskogee.